The Miami Hurricanes (6-6) travel to Shreveport this week to battle the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-3) in the 2019 Independence Bowl. Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM EST on December 26th at Independence Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Miami is currently listed as a 6-point road favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 50 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Independence Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Louisiana Tech vs Miami
Miami lost back to back games to close out the regular season, falling against both Duke and Florida International in late November en route to a 6-6 record overall. The Hurricanes struggled to put points on the board at times this year, averaging well under 30 points per game through 12 outings. While Miami did average almost 260 passing yards per game, they only averaged 122 yards per game on the ground.
The Hurricanes were above average on the other side of the ball this year, surrendering just over 20 points per game. Miami really did a great job shutting down opposing offenses on the ground, allowing an average of only 110 rushing yards per game.
Louisiana Tech snapped a two game losing slide their last time out, beating UTSA 41-27 at home to finish the season 9-3 overall. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-17 lead in the first half and never looked back, tacking on 17 more points over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB J’mar Smith was fantastic, going 25/35 for 331 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. As a whole, LA Tech averaged 34 points and well over 425 total yards of offense per game this year.
The Bulldogs were pretty solid defensively during the regular season, giving up under 25 points and 400 total yards of offense per game. Louisiana Tech was especially strong defending against the pass, holding their opponents to an average of less than 250 passing yards per outing.
2019 Independence Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: LA Tech +6
This is basically a home game for the Bulldogs, so I’m more than happy to take the six points in a matchup that they could easily win outright. Miami really had a disappointing regular season, barely qualifying for a bowl game and going just .500 overall. Louisiana Tech had a very solid year, finishing with a winning record both outright and against the spread. They also have fared quite well in bowl games over the past decade or so, going a rock-solid 6-1 ATS through their last seven outings. That certainly hasn’t been the case with the Hurricanes, as they have now failed to cover the number in seven out of their last eight bowl appearances.
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Louisiana Tech really got on a roll against the spread over the final couple months of the regular season, going 5-2 ATS through their final seven games overall. The Bulldogs have also only lost twice outright twice over their last 11 outings. On the other side, Miami is a brutal 1-9 straight up in their last ten games during the month of December. The Hurricanes are also just 2-5 against the spread when favored prior to kickoff over their last seven outings. I’ll take a shot with the points in this particular spot in what is basically a home game for LA Tech – give me the Bulldogs to cover in the 2019 Independence Bowl!